Episode #5: “Nights in Ballygran” OCT. 17 Nucky’s attempts to usher in a joyous St. Patrick’s Day are undermined by Eli (Shea Whigham), Margaret and Van Alden (Michael Shannon). Written by Lawrence Konner; directed by Alan Taylor.
Episode #6: “Family Limitation” OCT. 24 Nucky investigates a boardwalk theft; Jimmy scores points with Johnny Torrio (Greg Antonacci) in Chicago; Margaret stands up to Lucy. Written by Howard Korder; directed by Tim Van Patten.
Episode #7: “Home” OCT. 31 Nucky purges some bad childhood memories; Jimmy forges a new alliance with a fellow veteran; Luciano (Vincent Piazza) and a friend cut a deal with the D’Alessio brothers. Written by Tim Van Patten & Paul Simms; directed by Allen Coulter.
Episode #8: “Hold Me in Paradise” NOV. 7. While visiting Chicago during the Republican National Convention, Nucky (Steve Buscemi) gets alarming news from Atlantic City. Written by Meg Jackson; directed by Brian Kirk.
Episode #9: “Belle Femme” NOV. 14 Nucky braces for war with a rival faction; Jimmy (Michael Pitt) stands by his alibi; Margaret (Kelly MacDonald) helps out Madame Jeunet (Anna Katarina). Written by Steve Kornacki; directed by Brad Anderson.
Episode #10: “The Emerald City” NOV. 21 Nucky asks Margaret to toe the party line; Angela (Aleksa Palladino) witnesses Jimmy’s violent side; Capone (Stephen Graham) faces a crossroads; Van Alden (Michael Shannon) grapples with his emotions. Written by Lawrence Konner; directed by Simon Cellan Jones.
Episode #11: “Paris Green” NOV. 28 Nucky shakes up the status quo; Jimmy deals with some tricky family issues; Van Alden addresses Agent Sebso’s (Eric Weiner) “temptations.” Written by Howard Korder; directed by Allen Coulter.9 p.m. Sunday. HBO.
Oct. 17, 2010, 2:51 a.m. CST
Although less with the Steve B. nakedness and more of the girl-with-the-annoying-accent-whose-name-I-forget.
Oct. 17, 2010, 3:15 a.m. CST
All vastly superior shows. I cant seem to give a dam about Nucky. But the Jimmy/Capone stuff is worth sticking around for.
Oct. 17, 2010, 4:26 a.m. CST
...The idea of Chalky White lopping off a Klan Cyclops' finger when their membership was in the millions and they even had the tacit support of President was a little too over the top and reeked of writer self-gratification.<p> Thus far, I'm greatly enjoying the eerily accurate recreation of the period...hopefully, this will do for the 20s what MAD MEN did for the early 60s...
Oct. 17, 2010, 6:39 a.m. CST
Saen, don't you think you are a bit premature in assessing that this doesn't live up to The Wire or Deadwood? Watching the first 4 episodes of The Wire, while excellent, wouldn't indicate the overall brilliance of the series.
Oct. 17, 2010, 7:26 a.m. CST
by I am_NOTREAL
Not great enough to make it must-see week to week, I'm thinking now I may wait for the DVDs. I think Buscemi is part of the problem--as one television critic (I forget which one) noted, he IS a great actor--but a little lacking in the charisma department. Outstanding supporting guy, but I don't really think he can carry a show.
Oct. 17, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST
Oct. 17, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST
That guy is completely off his rocker and I can't wait to see what "grappling with his emotions" and "addressing Agent Sebso's temptations" are!
Oct. 17, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST
hes one of my favorite characters but hasnt been in it the last couple weeks. but yea this definently the best new show
Oct. 17, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST
Arnold Rothstein is excellent, moulding Lucky into a smooth gent/stone cold gangster is great to watch. Also his monologue about the guy swallowing the cue ball for his financial gain was terrific. I recall Hyman Roth in Godfather II saying he loved baseball ever since Rothstein fixed the World Series. Let's hope the HBO team cover that subject. I like the Capone & Jimmy partnership too and hope that Frank Nitty joins the cast further down the line. By the way, Stephen Graham is doing a solid job portraying Al. Buscemi as the lead, it's good stuff, but the other characters fleshing out the show will make this a winner. The Wire, in my humble opinion, is the greatest TV show in the history of the game. There was no main character/star, but you were rooting for Stringer Bell, Avon and the boys just as much as you were rooting for McNulty, The Bunk etc. I only hope that we get the same level of quality over many seasons from Boardwalk Empire!
Oct. 17, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST
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Oct. 17, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST
Makes you realize how much of the Sopranos, Wire, and Deadwood were about individual characters and their personal dramas. Every character is stiff as wood in this show; it's like someone just went through a checklist of 'things I've seen in an old gangster movie' and threw a bunch of money at it.
Oct. 17, 2010, 10:38 p.m. CST
I know I'm supposed to believe that "Boardwalk Empire" is some amazing work of art... but I dunno, I just don't find it halfway as well written as... well, anything on AMC. Heck, I'm digging Fringe a helluva lot more than Boardwalk Empire.
Oct. 17, 2010, 11:47 p.m. CST
by Jeffrey Castel De Oro
I agree with Laserhead's checklist comment completely. I feel like I'm watching this show out of obligation rather than actual enjoyment. There is no passion behind this show, it feels like everybody's just punching the clock.
Oct. 18, 2010, 12:05 a.m. CST
The last few episodes just haven't done it for me. I agree, they were kinda dry. Tonight's episode was much better.
Oct. 18, 2010, 12:41 a.m. CST
I'm sorry; but "pretty" production does not equal compelling drama. Buscemi again plays a mean chihuahau. Omar plays Omar. And Michael Pitt finds another role where he apparently puts "Won't Change My Hairstyle" into his contract. It's overblown, dry as dirt and just not interesting in any way, shape or form.
Oct. 18, 2010, 2:44 a.m. CST
chaulky is backed by atlantic city muscle...the klan wont do anything<P>i happen to love this era...there are many correlations between it and what is happening now...we just dont learn from our past
Oct. 18, 2010, 6:25 a.m. CST
I think the problem is that there isn't that ONE character that puts it over the top. The Sopranos had Gandolfini. Deadwood had Al Swearengen. Rome had Titus Pullo. Mad Men has Don Draper. Breaking Bad has Walter White. None of the leads have that kind of magnetism, and their characters aren't as rich. I only see a spark in Stephen Graham's Al Capone, but he doesn't get enough screen time.
Oct. 18, 2010, 7:44 a.m. CST
Despite a great love for Buscemi. He just doesnt seem to work here. Plus none of the characters are worth liking. At least in the Sopranos, Tony was charismatic.
Oct. 18, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST
I can see why some people might find it "dull" but I'm enjoying that a series is actually focusing on the '20s instead of the old west or WWI and II for a change. Buscemi's Nucky doesn't make for a strong enough central character, but he's effective enough to keep the branching storylines moving.
Oct. 18, 2010, 7:54 a.m. CST
by Judge Briggs
i love the dialogue... Terrence Winter at his finest. It took about the 4th episode for me to start enjoying the series- besides BSG, Lost, every series has a slow start... and BSG and Lost had horrible endings.
Oct. 18, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST
by Mr Soze
Sorry fellow geeks, This show is the finest thing on Tv hands down. Give Michael Shannon all the awards now. If I remeber correctly Deadwood took several episodes to get going.
Oct. 18, 2010, 8:28 a.m. CST
I fear it may be that Stevie B is wrong for the lead role.
Oct. 18, 2010, 9:05 a.m. CST
but the actor playing him totally reminds me of Joaquin Phoenix' Commodus in Gladiator. Same look, same mannerisms, same delivery. Pretty weird. Overall, I think there's a lot more going on in this show than the critics here discuss. Yes, it's not non-stop (or even shocking) action, but it's only been on for a handful of episodes. It's just introducing us to the period, the players, the politics and getting the gameboard set. The Wire, The Sopranos, etc didn't have that problem, because people were intimately familiar with the environments in which those dramas were set. When it comes to the roaring 20's ? Not so much.
Oct. 18, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST
And Venture Brothers.
Oct. 18, 2010, 10 a.m. CST
But the setting and design of the world of that time keeps me watching. I don't think it lives up to some of HBO's best, but it's still pretty good. I do kind of think it hasn't really found a specific voice quite yet.
Oct. 18, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST
And, for me, that is one of the strongest elements to the show. It doesn't rely on gimmicks or expectatioons, but unfolds as a novel might. Even the fate of a minor character like Pearl bummed me out. And Jimmy's "tribute" to her...have to wonder if it's a one-time thing or will it go further. I'm also enjoying how it accurately depicts the evil of Prohibition...a lesson our society still has not learned. And Margaret! Boy, did she know how to get Nucky's attention!Exceptional show!
Oct. 18, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST
Seems like in my immediate circle this show is highly praised beyond the truth.To the point where, the fact that Im being TOLD its great by everyone, could be affecting how I view it.<p>This show aint great<p> I Still have mad love for Carla Jean tho.
Oct. 18, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST
and worth seeing. Unfortunatley, it falls short of falling into the category of "I can't wait until next week" so DVDs might be the best way to watch it.<BR><BR> It's clear that there's a lot of people putting in a ton of care and effort to make each episode. But nearly everything from the lighting, wardrobe, sets, (some of the) acting, extras milling around in the background etc somehow doesn't quite ring true. It all just seems ever so slighlty... "off".... sometimes even fake/forced/staged... not enough to call it poor quality but just enough to be distracting. <BR><BR> Also, while the writing is good, it's not great, and a story of this type and of this size and scope demands exceptional writing to keep things on course and prevent the show from becoming "thin". If there isn't enough... gravitas in each scene, in every shot, in every line of dialog, in all the characters/arcs etc to keep the audience engrossed in every moment then it won't give them the emotional satisfaction needed to buy their loyalty. To be clear, I'm not saying that it needs to be filled with action or tension or shocking moments. It doesn't. I wouldn't mind an entire episode without any of that. But everything does need to be tight and have a strong purpose. It shouldn't have any wasted or weak moments.<BR><BR> Most shows can rely on certain tricks to keep the audience coming back but Boardwalk will need an exceptional story in the hands of an exceptional storytelling team. This is an ambitious show. I'm hoping that it's not beyond their capabilities to turn it into something great but it's going to take more than what they've shown so far. To their credit though, there isn't a character or plot that I'd put into the "Who Gives A $hit" bucket and that's an achievement in itself. <BR><BR>
Oct. 18, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST
Or is Gretchen Mol just insanely hot on this show? She's like a young, hot Ashley Judd...
Oct. 18, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST
She was hot in AN AMERICAN AFFAIR too. But then, she was portraying JFK's mistress!
Oct. 18, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST
Yep. Gretchen needs to ditch the skivvies, pronto. Still waiting to see where this show's gonna go, but love the actors. And yeah, the opening credits are just....meh. I'm too spoiled by the credits/music for Rome, Carnivale, and Dexter. I was expecting something more...20s, I dunno. Change it, HBO!
Oct. 18, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST
I'm enjoying the look of the show, the the sets, the billboards, the 20's references, the occasional tittay, but... Buscemi, who I always enjoy, is too restrained in this role. He seems like a normal guy, and as written above, these shows need magnetic characters, and Nucky ain't one of them. HBO would do me a service by playing Deadwood reruns again. Or just put in On Demand.
Oct. 18, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST
What...did you miss episode 4?
Oct. 18, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST
The differences in the mannerisms in the in-my-opinion Miller's Crossing are astounding. This new show craps all over Miller's dialogue and the way the characters speak just seems completely invalid to me. There is absolutely no way the word fuck was used that much in the 1920's and i think it really messes the show up. Don't get me wrong, I have absolutely no problem with profanity when used in context. But when you look at Miller's and see the entire verbiage they used for that classic movie, i.e. "dangle, sick twist, square G," etc, it seems SO much more authentic. They are spending so much money on this new show, but the dialogue is not reflective of the times and I really think it affects the quality we are seeing on the screen. Oh yeah, and they need a true badass as an enforcer-type character. Pitt's character doesn't convey and menace and the cop brother of Nucky is pretty lame. Capone is the only guy who can fuck some shit up, and I just think they need a true badass to fill that in, ala Eddie the DANE. That dude was rock solid, market-wise.
Oct. 18, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST
Well well said Squidgy_Faced_Vigilante, I pretty much agree with everything you just said!!!!
Oct. 19, 2010, 12:28 a.m. CST
I too love MILLER'S CROSSING, but the Coen's have mentioned in the past that they made up some of those wordss. MILLER'S is more of a "tip-of-the-hat" (no pun intended) to old gangster movies. B.E., however, is fact-based (tho fictionalized). And the profanity wasn't used often by the genteel public, those who embraced the sex, booze, and criminal world most assuredly did.
Oct. 19, 2010, 1:26 a.m. CST
we all know it;anyone defending it is just trying too hard. <p> Atlantic City absolutely SUCKS. The city has no personality of its own, the boardwalk looks fake as fuck, and the most interesting character is Omar from The Wire. <p> Everything of any interest is easily in Chicago, from Rothstein to Capone, when I hear what they are going thru Im pissed we have to go back to Atlantic City. <p> The guy playing Jimmy is ABSOLUTELY horrible. a fake retarded Leonardo DiCaprio, thus my nickname for him: Leotard. Last night had Leotard dressed up in purple looking like a young wack ass Joker. The fuck is wrong this show? <p> Then we got Fake Kate Winslett and Fake Ray Liotta as the Fed. A fake story with fake real actors in it. <p> How exactly did they already get picked up for next year? I call shenanigans.
Oct. 19, 2010, 5:44 a.m. CST
by American Mythos
in your critique. Firstly, the fact that you didn't even know about Michael Pitt before this show started shows you don't watch many independent films -- Michael Pitt's made a pretty good name for himself away from studio garbage. <br> <br> And comparing Michael Shannon to to Ray Liotta? Have you ever seen a Ray Liotta film? Michael Shannon is the darkest character on this show, a neurotic Fed with a violent streak as deep and unpredictable as any of the villians on the show. He's got more genuine menace than Ray Liotta on his best day, and this coming from someone who loves Liotta movies. <br> <br> But, none of these complaints surprise me, especially the "it's too borning" bullshit. I saw the same complaints whenever an episode of the Sopranos ended without anyone dying. I'm glad the show is written for people with an attention span longer than a sixth grader -- I wouldn't watch it otherwise.
Oct. 19, 2010, 6:03 a.m. CST
by American Mythos
I've found their relationship the most interesting aspect of the show so far. Nucky's been screwing the airhead Lucy for so long, he's not quite sure how to deal with a woman who challenges him -- you can tell he admires and resents her intellect at the same time, even while claiming to be an advocate of women’s advancement. My favorite part of the episode was how dumbfounded he looked watching her protest outside the Celtic dinner. I also loved Margaret reading the Anastasia headline, then the camera following her as she walks away and we just see the word "fraud"--perhaps foreshadowing the path she's headed down as someone of deep principle and as Nucky's new squeeze and beneficiary of his criminal undertakings.
Oct. 19, 2010, 6:05 a.m. CST
was the the best so far. <P> As a whole, while meticulously done, the series has yet to hook me. But I'd have to say it is beautifully done... written, cast shot etc. <P> I will stay with it for the entire season. I have high hopes even if B.E. has yet to totally grab me.
Oct. 19, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST
I'm looking forward to the episode directed by Brad Anderson, just because I liked THE MACHINIST, SESSION 9, and TRANSSIBERIAN so much.
Oct. 19, 2010, 12:43 p.m. CST
look kid, no one knows your precious little nobody actors, ok? they all look like the cheap knock off versions of the real thing. if this was a movie, thats who would be playing them. <p> LOL@ acting as if you need an attention span to watch this - NO - You need a complete and utter lack of common sense. <p> The characters motivations SUCK ASS. Most of them are unbelievable and retarded. They change for seemingly no real reason. For the msot part, fuck this show. <p> and reading how butt hurt you are, your aunts cousins hairdresser probably works on it. boo hoo motherfucka.
Oct. 19, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST
by American Mythos
You write like a twelve year old, which shows me you probably don't have the comprehension level to grasp adult themes and would be suited for a show more your age. 24 maybe? Dioxholster can carry a thought better than you.
Oct. 20, 2010, 6:01 p.m. CST
by Rebel Scumb
I adore her as Margaret and just in general. She looks just like my favorite ex and even has the Irish accent like her to, girls with that accent always slay me. I do agree that this show lacks something that sets it apart from better shows. Mad men also captures and era like this, but is highly existential and breaks all the rules of narrative structure. This show is good, and I'll keep watching, I do like how it isn't really plot driven, but more of just a 'day in the live' as I really enjoy day in the life type stuff. Plus this show has some really uniquely beautiful women and most of them show their tits in every episodes. There is something to be said for that.
Oct. 20, 2010, 6:01 p.m. CST
by Rebel Scumb
Is it just me or is Michael Pitt trying to channel Dicaprio on this show?